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Monday, January 2, 2012
Pregame: Business as usual

By Kevin Gemmell

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Watching the first round of pregame warmups, you'd never know it's been more than a month between games. Except for one major difference -- there are a lot more healthy Cardinal players stretching out than there were at the end of November.

The time off, while it might temporarily hinder the timing of the offense, did the Cardinal more good than harm as several key players rested and recovered from injuries that either kept them out of the final games of the regular season or limited their time.

Other than that, quarterback Andrew Luck went through his usual routine, capping his warmups with a tippy-toe touchdown pass from Griff Whalen before heading back to the locker room. Co-defensive coordinators Jason Tarver and Derek Mason jogged their usual laps around the field.

Shaw said this week that keeping the schedule and the routine the same as they have all season was important for the team mentally and physically.